Lyndonville--On Aug. 12, 87 4-H'ers, ages 11 to 18, from throughout the state showed 125 dairy animals at the State 4-H Dairy Show. 

The exhibitors qualified for the show, which was held at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds in Lyndonville, through their 4-H dairy project records, interviews, participation in a local 4-H dairy show and community service activities. Judging the event were Richard Caverly, Benton, Maine (Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Jerseys and Junior fitting and showing) and Reid Lundy, Argyle, New York, (Holsteins, Guernseys, Milking Shorthorns and Senior fitting and showing)

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H organized the event in conjunction with the fairgrounds and Caledonia County 4-H Foundation, which hosted a BBQ for participants the evening prior to the show. Other sponsors included Bates Farm, Home and Garden, Enosburg Falls; the Montpelier Veterinary Hospital, Montpelier; Poulin Grain, Inc.; and other area businesses.

In fitting and showing classes, arranged according to the exhibitor's age, the 4-H'ers were evaluated on their poise and presentation and handling of their animal. The first-place winner in each of the age groups competed for the Senior (14-18) and Junior (11-13) championships.

In the running for Senior Fitting and Showing Champion, which was won by Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge, were the winners of these age groups: Age 18: Lilliane Seward, East Wallingford; Age 17: Aislynn Farr, Richmond; Age 16: Courteney Simpson, Sutton; Age 15 (Section A): Katie Blake, Sutton; Age 15 (Section B): Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge; Age 14 (Section A): Carter Hoffman, East Montpelier; Age 14 (Section B):  Sarah Hill, Bristol.

Top finishers in the Junior Division were: Age 13 (Section A): Colby Simpson, Sutton; Age 13 (Section B): Abagail Carson, Newbury; Age 12: Natalie Atkins, Lincoln; Age 11: Patty Bruce, East Wallingford. Abagail Carson was named Junior Fitting and Showing Champion.

The youths also competed in conformation classes, arranged by age and breed of the animal, with scoring based on the physical structure, condition and appearance of the animal.

Earning breed championships were:

AYRSHIRE--Senior Champion: Jonathan Flores-Torres, Ferrisburgh, with his three-year-old cow; Reserve Senior Champion: Abagail Hurd, Hardwick, with her two-year-old cow. Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Aislynn Farr, Richmond, with her summer yearling. Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Sarah Hill, Bristol, with her spring calf

BROWN SWISS--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Ellie Ramirez-Richer, Shelburne, with her fall yearling; Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge, with his spring yearling

GUERNSEY--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Rosa Kehoe, Middlebury, with her winter calf; Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Cody Trudeau, Hardwick, with his winter yearling

HOLSTEIN--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Elizabeth Menard, Fairfield, with her four-year-old cow. Reserve Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Ryanne Nadeau, Derby, with her three-year-old cow; Junior Champion: Isabelle Hall, East Montpelier, with her fall calf; Reserve Junior Champion: Courteney Simpson, Sutton, with her winter calf

JERSEY--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Abigail Reen, Bristol, with her summer yearling; Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Abagail Carson, Newbury, with her fall calf

MILKING SHORTHORN: Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Abigail Armstrong, Granville, New York, with her spring calf

Several special awards were presented at the dairy show including the Friend of 4-H Award, which recognizes an individual or business that has been a long-time supporter of 4-H programs. This year the award was given posthumously to Carol Cuthbertson, who passed away in February. She was an active Caledonia County 4-H volunteer who, with her family, ran the 4-H dormitory in the Moses Building at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, each fall.

Derby 4-H'er Olyvia Fortin was selected by show participants to receive the first annual Sportsmanship Award. It was given in memory of Cuthbertson by her husband Maurice "Butch" Cuthbertson of Waterford.

The John Knapp Memorial Award was presented to Owen Seward, East Wallingford. This award is given to the 4-H'er who achieved the highest overall individual score at the annual Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest held in March. Knapp, the Vermont 4-H dairy quiz bowl team coach for many years, helped write the original Vermont 4-H Dairy Record Book. 

Amy Parent of St. Albans received the Ed Gould Award. The award goes to an adult who demonstrates leadership and strong support of the Vermont 4-H dairy program just as Gould, one of Vermont's top cattle breeders, did.

In addition, 30 of the top exhibitors were chosen to compete in the New England regional 4-H dairy show at Eastern States Exposition in September.

To learn more about the 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at



Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.


Wendy M. Sorrell
UVM Extension 4-H Educator Anthony Willey, (left) congratulates Olyvia Fortin, Derby, for winning the first annual Sportsmanship Award, presented in memory of Carol Cuthbertson by her husband Maurice. (photo: Jessica Delabruere Fortin)
Abagail Carson, Newbury (left), and Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge, pose with their prize-winning animals. Abagail was named Junior Fitting and Showing Champion. Keenan captured Senior Fitting and Showing Champion. (photo: Jen Thygesen)